1907 Elm Street,
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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: W. Scott Dunne
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
Located in the same downtown block of Elm Street as the Majestic Theater and the Melba Theater (later Capri Theater), this Interstate Theatres Inc. operated theatre opened in 1937 and had a small box office opening on the street that led into what appeared to be an office building. The entry off Elm Street ran straight to the rear of the house. There were no distinguishing decorations inside that I recall (dating back to the 1960’s), but it was obviously one of Interstate’s crown jewels. There was a large, vertical sign on the front. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell.
It played many hard ticket, reserved seat bookings, including “Exodus” in 1960 and “Cleopatra” in 1963.
The Tower Theater was closed in 1970 and the building was remodeled, the theater house portion became an entry mall that faces the street behind the building - Pacific Avenue. The building has been closed, but is due (in 2008) for remodeling into condo and apartments in the next couple of years.
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